Why we find it is critical to support new music/arts by emerging artists ?
NAC x Emerging Composers aspires to be a program that nurtures and supports emerging composers, giving them the opportunity to showcase their unique artistic voices and contribute to the cultural tapestry of our society. By bringing together the talents of these rising stars and merging them with the wonders of technology, piano music and sound art, we aim to create an unforgettable experience that captivates, inspires, and leaves a lasting impact on our audience.
Rhapsody on "Rahel Lastimoza"
for piano and electronics
This piece is based on the Moroccan Sephardic ballad “Rahel Lastimoza.” The ballad tells the story of a governor’s wife, and it became popular at weddings and pilgrimages. It contains deeply rooted cultural messages about marriage and women’s fidelity in traditional Moroccan Sephardic communities. The piano part represents a young Sephardic bride who struggles between her connection to her community and her sense of rebelliousness.
for piano and interactive media
Cosmic Cliffs finds inspiration in and uses imagery from NASA’s James Webb Telescope (public domain footage). Through the software Max’s MSP and Jitter capabilities, both the audio and video interact with the performer during the performance, and the performer has opportunities to “play” with the media components with the help of gyrOSC (accessible as a smartphone app).
Hold Close and Let Go
for piano and electronics
This piece was inspired by the poem “In Blackwater Woods” by Mary Oliver. We each process grief differently, with no singular, clear path to healing. We must navigate holding tight the memories we cherish while also letting go of their presence in the physical realm.
Meteor Shuttle is a dynamic piano composition dedicated to Ryuichi Sakamoto that takes the listener on a high-energy journey through the bustling streets of New York City. Inspired by the composer's experience navigating the busy city, the piece incorporates elements of electronic dance music to create a unique and modern sound. The piece captures the essence of this experience, offering listeners a glimpse into the excitement and chaos of city living.
Fields of Repression
FIELDS OF REPRESSION, for prepared piano and found sound
Released on September 2nd, 2022
graphic score by Gloria Damijian, performed by Ting Luo & Gloria Damijian
The piece will encourage the players to confront themselves with feelings of discomfort and transform them into a creative process. I mainly focussed on terms and questions almost everyone deals with from time to time – or even constantly – during the artistic practice: why * no * anxiety * how * fatigue * self-doubt * failure * pressure
Ritual and Evocation at the Stone Garden
''The title of this piece is meant to depict a scene of an ancient ritual from times long ago. What is meant to be gained or evoked from this ritual is uncertain.
I am deeply fascinated by the concept of stone gardens, while they are seemingly fixed in place, movement and pattern can be noticed in their design, in a way creating a beautiful, aesthetic paradox.''
Composer x Visual Artist
"Dynamics and tones of the audio collage, with a recording of the poem Words written by pianist Ting Luo, to create the musical ‘DNA’ of the solo piano part."
" A piano suite with recording tape and digital imaginaries."
NO. 1 Snow
NO. 2 Crossroad
NO. 3 Sand
NO. 5 Mars
"Mix and blur the sounds that have surrounded me: distant construction, simple household sounds, and even the nearby sounds of nature in an urban environment with virtuosic piano technique. "
''External and internal spaces began to blend, allowing the mind to sink into the place where dreams, memories, and fragments of our previous selves were waiting to be unearthed and brought into the light.''
''Each piece projects an ongoing present, expressing moments with particular shapes and phenomenons.''
How Deep is the Valley
"How Deep is the Valley is a work for piano and electronics in which the performer interacts with a Max MSP patch to process the amplified piano. The piece is a brief meditation on insignificance and displacement, as if from the view of a nomad with no place to rest. "
LE NUOVE FORME
''LE NUOVE FORME is a long, continuous, but not linear process in which the composer explored the potential of an object-oriented composition method, musically speaking a dialogue between evolution and motionlessness.''
''In her work she is interested in exploring a momentary nature of time and space, and the conflicting forces that shape land and humans.''
"A six one-minute movements for piano in the style of 'Threads' where musician and video engage in a dialogue that explores the relationship between live and recorded sound and movement. This a series of "video-moments musicaux’’ for live music and pre-recorded music. "
"Unlike European landscape paintings, in Japanese landscape paintings, by placing “ma” in the center of the painting, it expresses the distinctive spatio-temporal aesthetics found in Japanese expressions. Mu Absence seeks to identify the imperceptible within the degrading reverberations between two notated sounds of the piano. The multi media work explores the Japanese homonym with meanings such as "nothing", "dream", and "naught"."
Cornkind was originally an improvisation inspired by the poem of the same name by Frank O’Hara. This piece is a melancholic exploration of every day sounds (where sometimes musical instruments are treated as ‘found’ sounds), and as a new acoustic arrangement, retracing old steps and finding new ones.
NAC Benefit Event
FIELDS OF REPRESSION performed by pianist/composer Gloria Damijian and pianist Ting Luo, is featured as one of the premieres on NAC Benefit Event.
The piece encourage the players to confront themselves with feelings of discomfort and transform them into a creative process. I mainly focussed on terms and questions almost everyone deals with from time to time – or even constantly – during the artistic practice: why * no * anxiety * how * fatigue * self-doubt * failure * pressure.
Lost in..for piano and electronics by Ting Luo, in collaboration with visual artist Marco Pinter, is featured as one of the premieres on NAC Benefit Event.
The piece is an ambient mix of soundscapes taken from the streets of San Francisco. The dancer dancing among the crowds, meaning one’s solitude in urban life. The visuals incorporate thermal photography of a dancer painting with the heat of her body; superimposed and intermixed with found scenes of cities with pedestrians, traffic, noises, and so on.